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Enforcer
Into The Night

Company: Heavy Artillery
Release: 2008
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Raising Iron

  • Worth the price of admission



  • Here we are in the midst of 2009 and the current wave of traditional/heavy/speed metal revivalism is bearing down into the collective metal psyche at full bore; multi-valved pistons relentlessly palpitating, barely contained by the engine of true heavy metal. Enter Enforcer, another revved-up, juiced up Swedish contender in the race accompanying the pole-positioned Wolf in their pursuit of torqued-up heavy metal.

    Well, keeping the facts straight, Enforcer's Into The Night actually debuted in late 2008, but amidst the current surge of renaissance regaling heavy metal maniacs, the recent months are literally becoming a blur to this writer. Wolf, and their established brand of reincarnated ‘80's psychotomy are a perfect reference point for those who've yet to gather a gauge of Enforcer's inside track. High-pitched, scripted, and scrupulous vocals accompanied by an ever exacting axe attack is the vehicle of choice, neglecting pin-striping, spoilers, or any other flairs of the less secure; just take one listen to the title track, and you'll hear what I'm talking about. The exhilaration is merely beginning with that song though, as opening track "Black Angel", formidably wrapped in sonic savagery, as well as the instrumental "City Lights", favor a dashboard display of the guys' enthusiasm for metal's headier days where strength of melody, whether in the guitars or the vox, were of highest import.

    There's not a bad track on the disc - although a couple of cruisers border on filler - and with a running time of a mere thirty-five minutes they once again recall the ‘80's and the typically shorter durations of that era. Though what really propels Enforcer to the front of the pack is the enthusiasm with which they rev their motors; the accelerator buried into the floorboard, brake pedals ripped out, helmets lying on the passenger seat in brazen defiance, daring any to admonish their abandoned willingness to play it safe. Into The Night is well worth the price of admission, and the bracing accelerations on display will leave the listener breathless, shrieking for more.



    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ENFORCER
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Death By FireEnforcer
    2013
    Eric Compton6/1/2013
    DiamondsEnforcer
    2010
    Vinaya Saksena8/3/2011
    DiamondsEnforcer
    2010
    Eric Compton6/25/2010
    From BeyondEnforcer
    2015
    Vinaya Saksena8/4/2015
    Into The NightEnforcer
    2009
    Raising Iron8/28/2009


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: ENFORCER
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Death By FireEnforcer
    2013
    Vinaya Saksena6/23/2013
    From BeyondEnforcer
    2015
    Greg Watson6/17/2015


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